Sunday, February 4, 2018

Huron County Big Day

Not too much happening here with us this weekend. We have our big cross country ski marathon next weekend in Quebec, so just chilling out and psychologically preparing for >50km of skiing....!

With all that thinking, I've decided that I'm going to do a big day in Huron County over the Victoria long weekend!! Why you might ask? Well, there are a few reasons:

1. I haven't done a tonne of birding here,
2. the county should be a pretty good place for birding, particularly given it's proximity to the shoreline,
3. it has very birding litle coverage, and
4. I think I can get 20-30 county ticks.

I think a realistic count could be anywhere in the ballpark of 130 - 170 species, depending on the weather etc.

I've got lots of time to prepare for it; I've made a rough map with some locations that I think are worth checking out:,-81.5870533,41553m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!6m1!1s1DowkECFFb2sK74gAwbm1A8jUsU7d-0gy

A few things stand-out to me when looking at the county.
1. the county is large (85km north-south, and up to 50km east-west), so I'll have to follow a fairly strict schedule/itinerary
2. it's fairly agricultural, meaning I'll have to really focus on the areas that are 'worthwhile'
3. the shoreline is approximately 82km, meaning I'll have my work cut-out for me to check
4. there are at least 5 sewage lagoons (grand bend, exeter, seaforth, zurich, and wingham)

What do you think???


  1. Sounds like a good plan! I have noticed that there is little coverage (according to eBird) in Huron.
    A neat little place I always check south of Goderich is Naftel's Creek CA.

  2. Hey Blake!

    Didn't know about Naftel's Creek CA - I'll take a look!

  3. Ha, beat me to it! I was recently thinking that a big day in Huron County would be interesting!